Excitement is building as the highly anticipated comedy-drama series “Boarders” gets ready to hit our screens. Created by the critically acclaimed writer Daniel Lawrence Taylor, known for his work on “Timewasters,” and produced by Studio Lambert, the masterminds behind “The Nest” and “Three Girls,” this six-part series promises to be a captivating exploration of identity, privilege, and life beyond the city limits.

Set in the heart of inner-city London, “Boarders” follows the journeys of five exceptionally talented yet underprivileged black students, who defy the odds and secure scholarships to the prestigious St Gilbert’s, an elite boarding school. Stepping away from their familiar urban surroundings, these young stars will embark on a rollercoaster ride of emotions as they experience the highs and lows of life in a completely new environment.

The series delves into the lives of our lead characters, as they grapple with their own identities and come to terms with the stark contrasts between their previous lives in zone three and the privileged world of St Gilbert’s. Expect laughter, tears, and plenty of self-discovery as they navigate through uncharted waters.

Headlining the cast is a talented ensemble of rising stars. Josh Tedeku, renowned for his roles in “Supacell” and “A Town Called Malice,” will grace the screen alongside Jodie Campbell, known for her outstanding performances in “Bulletproof” and “No Return.” Joining them is Myles Kamwendo, acclaimed for his work in “The School for Good and Evil,” along with the remarkable debut performances of Sekou Diaby and Aruna Jalloh.

Notably, “Boarders” marks the acting debut of the exceptional Sekou Diaby and Aruna Jalloh, who are set to shine alongside the seasoned talents. Furthermore, the show will see the creator and writer, Daniel Lawrence Taylor himself, taking on an on-screen role as Gus, a mentor figure to the new students at St Gilbert’s.

Adding to the stellar cast, Derek Riddell, best known for his appearances in “Happy Valley” and “Gentleman Jack,” will portray the formidable headmaster Bernard. The illustrious Carol Watlington-Geese, Chair of the Board, will be brought to life by the versatile Niky Wardley, renowned for her roles in “Queen of Oz” and “The Catherine Tate Show.”

But that’s not all; the series will welcome other notable actors, including Harry Gilby of “Tolkien” fame, Tallulah Greive, recognised for her captivating performances in “Our Ladies” and “Cinderella,” Rosie Graham, known for her work in “The School for Good and Evil” and “Sanditon,” the talented Georgina Sadler from “The A List,” and last but not least, the debut appearance of Assa Kanoute.

The highly diverse and immensely talented cast promises to deliver a gripping narrative that explores themes of race, privilege, and self-discovery, making “Boarders” a series that is sure to resonate with audiences across the UK and beyond.

“Boarders,” produced in association with All3Media International for the BBC, is expected to captivate viewers when it airs on BBC Three and iPlayer. Stay tuned for more updates on the release date and immerse yourself in the world of St Gilbert’s and the compelling stories of its gifted students.

Susan Hogg, Studio Lambert says: “Daniel is a superb writer and actor. He has the courage and insight to tackle a tough premise through the lens of comedy. Blessed with a hugely talented cast, Boarders is a bold and original comedy-drama, both heartfelt and hilarious. The series hits the sweet spot between laughter and tears that the audience will love.”

Fiona Campbell, Controller of Youth Audience, BBC iPlayer and BBC Three says: “We’re so pleased to welcome such a talented cast of rising and established UK talent to Daniel Lawrence Taylor’s Boarders. The series takes us on a journey through the eyes of five young adults in a way that’s refreshing, informative, and hilariously funny – we can’t wait for BBC Three viewers to join in on the fun.”

Maartje Horchner, EVP Content at All3Media International says: “We are very pleased to be a partner in this wonderful, hilarious project that gives a voice to some brilliant new talent. Daniel Lawrence Taylor, with Studio Lambert and the BBC, has created a revealing and immensely engaging and entertaining world at St Gilbert’s – a contemporary comedy of manners with a lot of heart that we are delighted to represent globally.”

Boarders (6×45)’ was created by Daniel Lawrence Taylor, who serves as lead writer and was joined in the writing room by Emma Dennis-Edwards, Yemi Oyefuwa and Ryan Calais Cameron. The series is directed by Ethosheia Hylton and Sarmad Masud, with Ali MacPhail serving as producer and Carleen Beadle-Larcombe as line producer. Executive producers are Daniel Lawrence Taylor, Susan Hogg and Maddie Sinclair for Studio Lambert, and Nawfal Faizullah and Ayela Butt for the BBC.

Filming is underway in the South West of England and Boarders is due to air on BBC Three and iPlayer next year. All3Media International is distributing Boarders globally.